I am an academic and writer working on Egyptian cinema, popular culture, humour, technology, and bureaucracy. I was born in Cairo and raised in Montreal. I hold a DPhil in Anthropology from the University of Oxford (2017). I now work as a Junior Research Fellow in Anthropology in Christ Church, University of Oxford. From October 2020, I will be a British Academy Postdoctoral Fellow at the Faculty of Asian and Middle Eastern Studies (FAMES), University of Cambridge.
My book, Making Film in Egypt, is forthcoming with the American University in Cairo Press (2020). This book is the first ethnographic study of the Egyptian film industry. It contributes to scholarship in media anthropology, media studies, and Middle East anthropology.
My academic work has appeared in the Arab Studies Journal, Middle East Critique, Arab Media & Society, Visual Anthropology Review, and Anthropology Today among others. I wrote a number of essays on Egyptian politics and culture in English and Arabic, and I write a regular column on philosophical concepts in Arabic on the literary website Boring Books.
Author copies of all articles, essays, and columns are available on this website, in English and in Arabic.